It looks like the battle raging over same-sex marriage in France is headed for a favorable end: This morning the French National Assembly approved the first article of a bill that would allow gay marriage by a 249 to 97 vote.
Judging by the standing ovation that followed, we assume it won’t be long before French President François Hollande officially signs the new bill into law.
An overwhelming majority of the French Parliament approved Article 1 of the bill, which defines marriage as “an agreement between two people,” rather than between a man and a woman.
Although a majority of the French public supports marriage equality, debate covering additional amendments to the bill (more than 5,000!) is expected to last several weeks. They’re moving quickly, though: an amendment proposing an “opt-out” clause has already been killed, thus requiring all French mayors, by law, to conduct gay marriages.
Hopefully it won’t be long before France becomes the 12th country in the world to embrace marriage equality. It would be lovely if it happened in time for Valentine’s Day, non?
Watch the historic vote confirmed in the video below: